October 11, 2018 - University of Chicago Arts - Symposium: Citizenship, Migration, and Urban Space
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October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018

University of Chicago Arts

Photo: Pujohn Das.

Symposium: Citizenship, Migration, and Urban Space
November 2, 2018, 9am

Keynote: November 1, 5:30–7pm, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, "Unwalling Citizenship"
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
The University of Chicago
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States

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On November 1–2, UChicago Arts and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation partner to present a two-day symposium focused on the form and function of citizenship, and what it means to migrate to, between, and within cities. The event will respond to a range of questions—in an era of intensifying urbanization across the globe—how does spatial practice become social practice within urban environments? How have cities facilitated or impeded the correspondence of civil, political, and social rights? How does the material transformation of urban space enable or disable social transformation?

Continuing a conversation that began at Dimensions of Citizenship, the US Pavilion for the 2018 Biennale Architettura in Venice (co-commissioned by the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute), Citizenship, Migration, and Urban Space focuses on civitas from an international perspective and as a scene of perpetual movement.

Symposium schedule

Thursday, November 1
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago

Keynote: "Unwalling Citizenship" by Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman
In our increasingly walled world, and amidst the surge of anti-immigrant sentiment everywhere, can the idea of citizenship be recuperated for more emancipatory and inclusive political and social agendas? Cruz and Forman will discuss their work on "citizenship culture" at the US-Mexico border, and their inspirations for MEXUS, exhibited in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Biennale Architecttura in Venice. Reception to follow.

Friday, November 2
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

Opening keynote

Panel 1: Urban Design and Social Capital 
Moderated by Kate Cagney, Sociology


Panel 2: Re-Assemblage / Re-Assembly
Moderated by Bill Brown, English

Panel 3: Race and Urbanity from the Global South
Moderated by Adom Getachew, Political Science

Panel 4: Cities Beyond Citizenship
Roundtable discussion

Closing reception

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